We've been waiting on a big update to Google's search app, having seen screenshots here and there that hinted at an updated design. With today's new Lollipop developer preview, the Google app's 4.0 incarnation was made available. We've got a download at the bottom of the post, but be sure to read the instructions first as getting this up and running on pre-L devices requires some extra fiddling. Also, you'll need to be rooted. Read More
Chrome and Android have been strengthening the old Google family ties for a while now, but according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, they just got a little tighter. The WSJ reports that Hiroshi Lockheimer, who currently serves as the Vice President of Engineering for Android, has also assumed the role of Vice President of Engineering for Chrome. That would put him in charge to a greater or lesser degree of the Chrome browser on desktops, Chromebooks and similar ChromeOS hardware, and Chrome on Android and iOS, plus whatever else Google has cooking up. Read More
After going live for pre-order on Amazon last night, the Nexus 9 is now available on the Play Store. Google has the black and white versions in 16 and 32GB capacities ready for you to claim. The sand/flesh tone/beige thing and the LTE version are still just "coming soon."
A new era is upon us. After having taken the wraps off this year's set of Nexus devices, it's time to clear out the old and make way for the new. If you head over to the Play Store now looking to buy a Nexus 7 or a Nexus 10, you will find that Google has listed them as no longer available for sale. Read More
Say it with me now: piracy is bad. There are ways to get free copies of just about everything online, but even setting aside the legal and moral aspects of it, doing so can come with the risk of infecting your computer with something icky or falling victim to a phishing attempt. People who know their way around the woods will continue to be able to take advantage of things, but Google's working on reducing the likelihood that the average user will end up in a place they don't want to be. Read More
The time has come for developers (and the more curious users out there) to get a better look at Android 5.0 Lollipop. The update comes not via an OTA of any sort, but as a new flashable system image that can be applied to the 2013 WiFi Nexus 7 or the Nexus 5. Start your downloading.
We have a reliable source (two, in fact) telling us that the first over-the-air updates to Android Lollipop will come not to the Nexus 4 or 5, but to the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013 Wi-Fi), and Nexus 10. Why? Because they're all Wi-Fi devices - supposedly hardware with cellular data will have to wait a bit longer to get the OTA, meaning the Nexus 4, 5, and 2013 Nexus 7 with LTE will be stuck a bit longer waiting for the L update. Read More
Update: If you're in another country, Amazon may have the Nexus 9 for you to pre-order, as well. So far we're seeing UK, France, and Germany. The US pre-order links also seem to work for Canada and Mexico.
Google announced the Nexus Player on Wednesday as the first Android TV device, but there was no news on an updated Chromecast. Google's $35 streaming stick has been a big hit, and it's been more than a year since it was released. Now a device has passed through the FCC, and it's clearly a Chromecast with the updated model number A4RH2G2-2A.
Google is keeping a tight grip on Android as it expands the operating system out to watches, TVs, and automobiles. To understand this, take a look at the existing Wear watches on the market. Aside from shape and specs, the software experience is the same across devices. This may change in the future. A Google executive has told Re/code that the company plans to loosen its restrictions over time. Read More